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Cleveland International Film Festival cancelled amid coronavirus concerns

The Cleveland International Film Festival is the most recent event to cancel amid coronavirus concerns.

CLEVELAND — Lights. Camera. Cancelled. 

The Cleveland International Film Festival is the most recent event to cancel amid coronavirus concerns. 

Organizers with the festival issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying this is a " difficult situation for all involved. We are grateful for your understanding, loyalty, and continued support during this challenging time." 

The decision comes after Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced that he would be meeting with organizers to discuss the possibility of cancelling the event. 

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When asked about what the economic impact of such cancellations would be to the city of Cleveland, Jackson said he has no idea, adding, "that is not our concern right now.”

Read the full statement from the International Film Festival below: 

" While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44’s amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City’s obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

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